Erie County D.A. explains policy connected to Patrick Kane investigation

- The prosecutor who will handle any charges that might be brought against Chicago Blackhawks’ star Patrick Kane spoke out Wednesday in Buffalo, New York.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita made it clear that his office does not play favorites just because someone is a celebrity.

“I'm not trying to say that anybody is treated differently because their profession, because they may be a celebrity. I don't turn extra heat on somebody because they were a celebrity. I don't give them a break because they’re a celebrity,” said Sedita.

Sedita made the point that he was not sopecifially talking about the Kane case, and in fact he would not even confirm the existence of an investigation.

But the Associated Press has reported Kane is under investigation by the Hamburg Police department for an alleged sexual assault in his Buffalo area mansion involving a woman in her 20's.

Now, the Buffalo News reports that the alleged victim only went to Kane's home to accompany her friend who wanted to go.

As for the investigation, Hamburg police are reportedly waiting for forensic results to come back from the lab.

The district attorney said the reason he won't comment on any criminal cases before charges are brought is that because ethically he can't.

"That person has serious problems now with their reputation and what happens if-and again I'm not referring to any particular investigation, I'm referring to reasons of my policy of not talking to the media-what happens if that investigation, after I've announced that this person is under investigation, what happens if that investigation clears somebody? The point is that person cannot get their reputation back," Sedita said.

Sedita says that in any case a decision about charges is based on the facts, not theory or innuendo.

The Buffalo News quoted unnamed friends and associates of the victim as saying she is not some gold-digger, adding that if she said she was raped, then they believe her.

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